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Can you still change your British registered car to Spanish plates?


Spanish Solutions answer a question for one of our British property buyers, regarding getting your British car legal in Spain.


Spanish homes online are not just your average real estate agent. We can help with legal and tax issues too. In fact every aspect of moving to Spain, buying property in Spain and living in Spain is covered. 


So our client Bob has a British car and is wondering if he can just get his loved car on the roads in Torrevieja! 

Over to Nicola from Spanish Solutions: Here is her response to the enquiry. 

Hola Bob,

Paul at SHO asked me to get in touch.

If you are looking to change your British plates to Spanish ones, there are a few boxes to tick.

This is our general advice. before getting specific information.

The clients have 2 months after becoming Resident to change their car to Spanish plates and be exempt from the taxes. Clients will have to pay for things like the plates, road tax etc.  The following also has to apply:

-Those interested must have had their habitual residence outside of Spanish territory (paul says you lived in Manchester?) at least during the 12 consecutive months prior to the transfer.

-The car must have been acquired or imported under the normal conditions of taxation in the country of origin. The vehicle must not have benefited from any exemption or refund of the fees accrued upon leaving that country.

-The means of transport must have been used by you at your former residence at least 6 months before the date on which he or she left the former.

-you must be requested enrolment within the period provided in article 65.1.d) of Law 38/1992 (60 days).

-The transport to which this exemption applies, shall not be transmitted for a period of twelve months after registration. If you Fail to comply with this requirement, you can lose the tax credits already received.

Does this make sense to you? I cannot get more specific until we meet in person.

Our office is based in La Zenia, please call on 966761741 to arrange a quick meet and exchange of paperwork.

Kind regards / Saludos cordiales

Nicola Ryan

PS, as a client of Spanish homes online you also get discounts on Non resident tax, tourist short term rental licences, business set up  and much more.

We are delighted to be of assistance.

Thanks Nicola for looking after our client and helping him to avoid paying unnecessary taxes! 

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